‘Fantastic opportunities for journalism skills and training in digital age’ hailed in NCTJ’s Annual Report 2022-23

The NCTJ has published its Annual Report for 2022-23, this year alongside video updates from the NCTJ team.

The NCTJ has published its Annual Report for 2022-23, this year alongside video updates from the NCTJ team.

There are seven videos which accompany the document, allowing readers to get to know the team better and hear more about our work and developments over the past year.

Writing in the document, Joanne Forbes, chief executive of the NCTJ, described the charity’s role as “even more vital in creating and assessing journalism standards” in an age of misinformation.

She details how the NCTJ is putting emphasis on raising awareness of the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it can help journalists.

She said: “Artificial intelligence used responsibly is empowering journalists, supporting them in their roles and improving workflows for the better.”

Joanne added that the NCTJ intends to guard against misuse of the technology, adding: “Expect to see this as a new focus of our work in the year ahead, with awareness raising, training solutions and standards-setting activities all designed to make a difference.”

The report also details that from September 2023, candidates studying the Diploma in Journalism will learn about AI and gain an understanding of how it impacts a journalist’s role in the newsroom. The candidates will also consider the legal issues around misinformation and verification and learn to use AI tools.

Kim Fletcher, chairman of the NCTJ, wrote in the report: “We’ve learned how dangerous conjecture can be, seen the perils of rushing to publish without the benefit of a second opinion, struggled to judge the accuracy even of those who purport to be witnesses.”

He added: “We believe – doesn’t everyone? – that the higher the standards of the media, the better for us all.

“That’s what we care about. We shall keep banging that drum.”

This comes after the NCTJ held an Artificial Intelligence in Journalism event in December. Read more about the panel and discussions at the event here.

Read and download the NCTJ’s Annual Report 2022-23 here, and watch the accompanying videos here.

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